I like to make themed menus for Shabbat. The themes are either random cuisines or based on holidays or national events. So last year I got an email from someone who shared the best idea for a Shabbat menu for Yom Yerushalayim and I made a note that I had to share it with all of you.
Yom Yerushalayim (in hebrew), Jerusalem Day (in english), is an Israeli national holiday that commemorates the reunification of Jerusalem and Israeli control over the Old City as a result of the 1967 Six-Day War. In 2020, Yom Yerushalayim is Friday May 22, so it is the perfect time to celebrate with a Shabbat menu filled with Jersualem specialties.
Jamie shares a bit more about the holiday and how much she loves Jerusalem in "My Love Affair with Jerusalem". Now, let's talk menu.
You could choose to make any of our Israeli Menus, but I think you might appreciate the symbolism even more of this specifically Jerusalem menu.
You will love to change add some of these bagels to your baking repertoire.
This is a raw vegan take on the traditional hummus, give it a try for a change.
Jerusalem artichokes actually have nothing to do with Jerusalem. Their name came from the Italians who called them "girasole" which means flowers and over time that was converted to Jerusalem, learn more about Jerusalem artichokes and their history. Still since they are called Jerusalem artichokes we had to include them.
Jerusalem mixed grill, also called Meorav, is typically a saute of organ meats like liver, spleen, and heart with onions and a flavorful seasoning. Get our Jamie Geller Jerusalem Mixed Grill spice blend and use it to saute your choice of meat. It is delicious with cubes of chicken, beef, tofu, or seitan. Serve in a pita or with rice on the side.
This Jerusalem kugel is a sweet and peppery noodle kugel usually made in humongous pots and sold as large slices or wedges cut from layers of the kugel. When made at home you don't have to go quite so large, just be careful to get the caramelization right.
We don't have any Jerusalem named desserts so we are opting for the Marzipan rugelach, this rugelach comes from the famed Jerusalem bakery, Marzipan and now you can make them at home.